Why you should use a cleaner for your rental bond clean-up
In general, a rental bond costs four weeks rent. If you are renting a house, that can add up to a lot of money. When your lease expires, your landlord is going to expect to see the house at least as clean and tidy as it was when you moved in. Some landlords will be stricter than others and you could loose half your bond or more if your house isn't spick and span.
You can spend a week tidying up your house for your rental bond clean-up and still overlook something. The best way to ensure you get your bond payment back in full is to hire a rental bond cleaning service. Rental bond cleaning services are specialists and know what to do to ensure your rental property is in spotless condition.
Choosing a Cleaner for Your Rental Bond Clean-Up
A rental bond clean-up service can cost* as little as $15 an hour, but the average cost is closer to $30 an hour. When you get quotes from these services, don't choose the cheapest service until you've done your homework. A professionalservice should be:
- Able to provide you with references
- Willing to give you an itemised list of the areas of your house they will be cleaning
- Willing to give you a warranty
On average, it costs around $250 to clean a two-bedroom house or $400 to clean a three-bedroom, but the price can be lower or higher depending on the amount of cleaning the service provides. An itemised list will help you choose the right service. A full-service cleaner will:
- Steam clean your carpets if needed (at extra cost)
- Clean floors
- Clean walls and doors
- Clean windows
- Wipe clean your skirting boards
- Clean cupboards inside and out Clean every room, including the laundry room
- Clean small items, like light fixtures and air-conditioning units
When your landlord inspects your property, you should get all of your bond back. If they have a complaint, you will be covered by the service's warranty. The service will come back and complete the job and your landlord should have no excuse not to give you back your full bond. Many services even guarantee that you will get a full refund.
Rental bond cleaning services do not ordinarily clean up yards, but may clean your garage, shed, patio and other outdoor structures for an added fee. If you hire them to do all your cleaning, that can leave your time free to make sure the lawn is mowed and the garden is tidy. If you are too busy juggling work with organising your move to clean up the yard, a garden maintenance service can do any necessary garden work for you. While it will be an extra cost, it will be worth it when you get your bond refund.
Hiring professional services does cost you money, but they also save you money. Would you rather pay a professional service $250 to $400 and get all of your rental bond back or take the DIY approach and risk loosing some of your bond? If your landlord feels their property needs cleaning, they will deduct more than the price of a cleaning service from your bond and you could risk getting nothing back.
*Costs and prices in this article are indicative and should only be used as a guide. They also vary locally and are subject to market forces.